Spring 2016 Newsletter #24

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

The USS Tipton

The USS Tipton

This Alamosa Class ship was named for the Tipton Counties in Indiana and Tennessee. It was built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and launched 9 October 1945. US Navy Lt. Commander H. E. Gray was the ship’s first captain. At the end of World War II, the USS Tipton was transferred to the United States Coast Guard.

Your last name could be Higgins or Head; Abbott or Gregory; Fox, Spencer or Clark; Pickering, West, Rhyne or Swainson: Lloyd, Quock or even Parrish. Perhaps Smith or Smyth.

And, you are a Tipton!

Let’s recall all the Tipton family members who are descendants and don’t bear the Tipton family name but are still very much Tiptons!

While not forgetting all the Tiptons who proudly bear the name.

William H. Tipton (5 Aug 1850-20 Sep 1929)

William H. Tipton (5 Aug 1850-20 Sep 1929)

William H. Tipton (5 Aug 1850-20 Sep 1929) was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He became a notable photographer who specialized in Civil War battlefield pictures creating 5,000 views of Gettysburg, Antietam and Harpers Ferry. The Gettysburg battlefield was his most photographed and he established Tipton Park within this battlefield. By 1888, he had also produced some 100,000 portrait photographs, often in the setting of Gettysburg.

W.H. Tipton is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He had the Tipton characteristic of a long life.

Important news regarding the We Tipton and Our Kin Project

After TFAA member Frank Steinle obtained the probate records in California for Ervin Charles Tipton and his wife, I sent those records and the title pages of We Tipton and Our Kin to a copyright lawyer in Nashville. The lawyer searched the copyright records and informed me he was unable to find that the book had been registered in the US copyright records. Good news!
However, he also informs me that the US copyright records are poorly maintained and his search cannot be considered definitive, but with that caveat, it is considered reliable for our purposes.

I have now consulted two copyright attorneys on our behalf with regards the project to
scan and re-produce We Tipton and Our Kin on CD and sell it.

In April, 2014, I spoke with a copyright attorney in Asheville and he informed me similarly. However, at that time we could not furnish that attorney with the probate records we now have.

Both attorneys proffered the opinion that, while not on rock solid ground without permission from any possible copyright owner, the Tipton Family Association of America would be in all probability safe to continue with our project and sell the CD copies.

(If this sounds like attorney talk, that’s because it is!)

Both attorneys cited the following as reasons for this opinion and counsel to proceed:

  1.  No evidence of a copyright exists.
  2. The TFAA has made a diligent effort to establish the existence of a copyright and locate a
    copyright owner to no avail.
  3. The project would in all likelihood meet with the approval of the author.
  4. There is no intention to profit in the usual meaning of the word and should profits exist, they will benefit the TFAA furthering the spirit of the author’s effort and work.
  5. Any legal action would have to be initiated by the very same copyright owner our diligent
    effort could not locate.
  6. There is little reason to predict a sizeable volume of book sales creating a sizeable profit.
    So, shall we proceed? I need to hear from the membership regarding proceeding. Upon proceeding, we must buy a quality hand-held scanner that has the capacity to store information which could then be transferred to a computer or printer. One can buy a scanner for less than $ 40.00 but the one we need could cost over $ 100.00. Also, we will have the cost of labor to scan a book of over 1,564 pages. I do have a capable person willing to do this work at an affordable wage.

TFAA members will need to donate toward the project. Our annual budget of around $ 1,500.00 cannot accomplish the project.

So, let me know what you think. And, support the project financially.

Make donations by mail to the TFAA, Post Office Box 1128, Milligan College, Tennessee 37682
or by using PayPal on the Tipton Family Association of America.com website.

Sam Dalton of Happy Valley, East Tennessee composed the following song in honor of the people of Lost Cove on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina deep in the mountains. It is published here with the composer’s permission.


My name is Tipton I come to your town

Lookin’ for a job with pay.

My wife and children will follow me down When I find a place for us to stay.

My mother and father lie cold in the ground There beneath that Nolichucky soil.

After years here on Earth they finally have found Rest from all their labor and toil.


Lost Cove, Lost Cove

Where we used to kiss girls in the old apple grove Lost Cove, Lost Cove I leave behind my shack and my pot bellied stove

The railroad won’t carry us to Erwin no more Just up the railroad line.

Can’t haul in our goods to the company store Movin’s just a matter of time.

I’ve spent my whole life in this cool mountain air But soon I’ll have to leave it behind.

When I die bring me back and bury me there In Lost Cove my final rest I will find.


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Previous newsletters are archived on the TFAA website.

The TFAA and President thank the many TFAA members and friends who support our Association financially.  That support makes our family’s association prosper and achieve its goal to preserve Tipton family history in the present!

Please support the Tipton Family Association by making your membership donation to the Tipton Family Association of America on the TFAA website: www.tiptonfamilyassociationofamerica.com

Many Thanks to All Who Make Their Membership Donations to
The Tipton Family Association of America

Tipton Family Membership donations make the TFAA able to accomplish the goals of the membership. In recent years, the TFAA has re-established meetings and newsletters, made the book We Tipton and Our Kin available on CD, provided a plaque in honor of William “Fightin’ Billy” Tipton in Savannah, assisted research in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia on the farmland of Colonel John Tipton and the successful quest to find the burial place of Major Jonathan Tipton. With your financial support, we can continue to succeed and do more!

Visit Us at www.tiptonfamilyassociationofamerica.com


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About TFAA President

John Parrish served as president for many years and stepped down at the October 2018 meeting. We thank John for the fine work he has done and thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your TFAA president. I’m Kathryn (Kathy) Hoffmann, I was born in Savannah Ga and raised by my Tipton grandparents in North Florida and around my teenage years I moved to Naples and Fort Myers Florida where I raised my family and worked for the State of Florida Division of Forestry as their public information and education specialist until budget cuts and I was laid off, but God blessed me with a career at Fort Myers Police Department where I became a Crime Prevention Practitioner thru the Florida Attorney General’s office. During my career I’ve served on many boards: President of Southwest Florida fire prevention association, Fire Marshals association, Regional Director of Fire Prevention, SW Florida Crime Prevention Association, Crime Stoppers board member, State of Florida Crime Prevention Regional Director. I am looking forward to serving as your TFAA president/coordinator. Please feel free to call, text or email me. peachyrose56@gmail.com Let’s move forward! Tipton Teamwork